January 28th, 2008
01:15 PM ET
7 years ago

Kennedy endorses Obama: 'I feel change in the air'

Ted Kennedy formally endorsed Obama Monday.
Ted Kennedy formally endorsed Obama Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Edward Kennedy backed Sen. Barack Obama for president Monday, saying: "It is time again for a new generation of leadership."

"It is time now for Barack Obama," the Massachusetts senator and brother of the late President Kennedy added.

He stood with Obama, his son Rep. Patrick Kennedy and his niece, Caroline Kennedy before a screaming capacity crowd of students at American University in Washington, DC.

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  1. Kimmy from NYC

    I am shocked to see that Ted kenedy has taken his endorsement for Obama as a personal vendetta against Bill and Hillary Clinton! I thought that endorsement should stem for personal belief that the endorsed candidate is the best choice for the country and the world... Despite the numerous mistakes that the current administration has been commiting, which led to where we are right now, I find it disgusting that one of the oldest senators disregards what is most important: who can get the job done!

    One thing's for sure: Kenedy got me to change my vote for Clinton!

    January 28, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  2. Bob

    Why aren't people questioning the hypocricy of Obama saying he is running as a Washington outsider and hates lobbyists and then aligns himself so closely to those who are Washington and lobbyists through and through when it comes to Teddy Kennedy and John Kerry. Having to use these folks to get the nomination (if Obama does) will be draped on Obama's shoulders by the GOP big time.

    January 28, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  3. Djenebou Mariko

    Good Luck Obama and wish you big win on Feb 5th.

    January 28, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  4. mark

    it's about the past versus the future

    – barack obama

    way to align yourself with the past today obama...

    January 28, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  5. jess

    " If you think obama is another JFK then you didn't know your brother as well as the American public did. "

    Wow, that a bold, and incredibly ignorant statement. Really, Wow... I am stunned... Just....

    January 28, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  6. Hector

    obama doesn't inspire anybody like the way JFk did. JFk was one of our best president if not our best. obama doesn't deseve to be even mentioned with the kennedys muck less with JFk.

    January 28, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  7. ricca, pensacola fl

    the CNN and among others tv station wants OBAMA because republican can easilly knock him out he does get nomenee. HiLLARY its hard for the republican to bit!

    January 28, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  8. NJ's voice

    What happen to change Obama? Ted Kennedy is old Washington politics. Looking very two faced there Obama!

    Hillary 08!

    January 28, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  9. Don

    FROM MAYA ANGELOU'S NEW POEM FOR HILLARY
    There is a world of difference between being a woman and being an old female. If you're born a girl, grow up, and live long enough, you can become an old female. But to become a woman is a serious matter. A woman takes responsibility for the time she takes up and the space she occupies. Hillary Clinton is a woman. She has been there and done that and has still risen. She is in this race for the long haul. She intends to make a difference in our country. Hillary Clinton intends to help our country to be what it can become.

    She declares she wants to see more smiles in the family, more courtesies between men and women, more honesty in the marketplace. She is the prayer of every woman and man who longs for fair play, healthy families, good schools, and a balanced economy.

    Rise, Hillary.

    Rise.

    January 28, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  10. jj

    I'm confused. I thought Obama was the CHANGE candidate! Why would Obama think the endorsement of Ted (someone whose been in the Senate for his entire life) would go over well with the American people. If I were Hillary, I'd feel good about Ted joining the "so called" change candidate. LOL!

    January 28, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  11. XBuckeye

    When it comes down to it, the truth is that the Democrats will vote Republican against Obama. We will have no choice. Sorry to all you believers.

    January 28, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  12. kati

    /////Teddy must have remembered all his "wominizing" along with his brother...
    remember the Marilyn Monroe stuff?????? He just does not want a woman
    president. That would really be " change" and what this country needs.
    He needs to go home back to his luxury lifestyle.....Go Hillary....I hope this fires up all women and helps Hillary!!!!!

    January 28, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  13. concerned

    Go Hilliary

    January 28, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  14. Eli in Milwaukee

    A lot of you guys are talking about Ted supporting Obama is contradicting his voice of change. Do any of you even listen to the speeches?

    Even old Ted said he is supporting Obama because America needs a change. And that means that even from his old way of thinking in politics. I see nothing wrong with people jumping aboard with a candidate that has fresh ideas different from their own. That just shows that they are willing to put ego and pride aside to face a new better America.

    Obama 08!!!

    January 28, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  15. Ready for REAL Change

    I am so glad Kennedy is supporting Obama. No matter what people say, he has been in politics over 20 years and he knows how to "beat the Clintons". Although, after the dirty tactics they have used over the past month (Hillary crying, Bill calling Obama names and comparing him to Jesse Jackson of all people), is just proving to us all how they REALLY are.

    I want a candidate who will not ride on the coat-tails of her husband the former president. This race is dividing the party further, I hope that when the nominee is chosen, we can come together and be a united party (something that we have not been in over 10 years).

    January 28, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  16. Ginny CA

    It's so interesting that Kennedy's endorsement came on the day that Tony Rezko was jailed. It will be interesting to see how much coverage is given to Obama's connections to Rezko in the next few days. Here is a bit of the story that I was able to research today:

    The arrest today of Syrian-born, slumlord Tony Rezko (a long-time friend and benefactor of Barack Obama), has been described by journalists as an "Achilles heel" for Obama. Besides a questionable real estate deal between the Reskos and the Obamas, there is the matter of donations Obama received from Resko. Over this last weekend, according to ABC News, Obama claimed his campaign had given all the donations from Rezko to charity. What Obama left out, is that the campaign has not returned more than $100,000 in donations from Rezko's wife and 20 other Rezko-linked donors.

    More troubling: as a part-time State Senator and part-time lawyer, Obama helped Rezko obtain tens of millions of dollars in government subsidies. At the political machine law firm where Obama worked, he helped funnel tens of millions of government subsidy monies to Rezmar (a Rezko company). And, finally, as a State Senator, in his official capacity, Obama helped pump tens of millions of more dollars to Rezko. Obama has denied doing any favors for Rezko as a State Senator but the clear evidence shows he is lying.

    (If you Google"Rezko and Barack Obama", you'll find more info. Also ABC News has covered some of this as have some other journalists.)

    This whole Rezko/Obama connection is great fodder for the Republican Swiftboaters. The more that comes out, the more effective the ads will be. And Obama will not stand a chance because he is already on record, lying about the donations he received and political favors he gave in return.

    January 28, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  17. g

    Obama might inspire some people but he can't lead. we need a experienced leader specially at this time.

    January 28, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  18. matt

    God, the Hillary people turn on a dime and destroy an honorable and loyal friend just because he decides that they're wrong in this election. Clear indication of the values of the Clintonites - Looks a LOT like the values of Bush-Cheney.

    January 28, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  19. g

    the other thing. Obama supporter keep saying 'Change" but i don't see any change on the issues. whats up with that?

    January 28, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  20. Bill from CT

    When I read posts that overlook the real issue of the day is saddening. I am a Obama supporter, not because he is Young, Black and has the endorsement of the Kennedys, but more based on the leadership and vision that he is able to articulate.

    I do understand why Caroline op-ed was stirring. What JFK,RFK and for that matter MLK, was able to do was LEAD with HEART. The essence of a leader. It is the quality that Obama has over Hillery.

    doubters don't get it.... OBAMA 08

    January 28, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  21. elena

    I remember John F. Kennedy And Obama, you're no John F. Kennedy!

    January 28, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  22. Debbie, Canada

    Greetings to my American neighbours from Canada

    American news is always interesting. Three Kennedy's support Obama and all of a sudden Obama has the support of the Kennedy clan. What about Robert Kennedy's kids? Where is the unbiased reporting in the US? The most impartial news in the world is from the BBC in England.

    I am a 50+ female who has followed US politics since childhhood. In the spring of 1990 in anticipation of the future success of President Bill Clinton (yes in 1990 before most Americans had even heard of Bill Clinton) , I wrote Hillary Clinton a short letter to comment on her views on health care and wish her well. Senator Clinton took the time to graciously respond to me. She demonstrated back then that she is a woman of deep conviction and cares very much about the health, education and the well being of America's communities. She still does. As for her experience, she learns from the past, lives in the present and has great visions for the future. To implement those visions she is pragmatic and has a record of getting things done. Just look at her bipartisan record in the senate. She would not hide behind a vote of "present". She votes yes or no and you know where she stands. That to me is honesty. You cannot gets things done sitting on the fence.

    If the Democrats want to beat the Republicans in the next election, they have to be situated in the centre of the political spectrum. Americans still have this aversion for "Liberals". Unlike Senator Obama who sits on the left of the political specturm, Senator Clinton understands and maintains the delicate balance in the middle to get things done. Unlike Senator Obama who cannot seem to take it when the going gets tough, just look at what Senator Clinton has been through in the past 16 years. Who could ask for a stronger President?

    January 28, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  23. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Obama's change is fairy tales, he misleads youngsters. It is dangerous for our Country. Obama's speech didn't match with his action, he can't change because he got Kennedy, the oldest politician in Washington, Obama needs help, but what Kennedy wants from Obama?

    January 28, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  24. C

    Hillary please explain your 35 years of experience.

    January 28, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  25. Hector

    YOU SAID IT ELENA!

    January 28, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
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